SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section
13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 9, 2019
AVID BIOSERVICES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer|
|of Incorporation)||Identification No.)|
2642 Michelle Drive, Suite 200, Tustin, California 92780
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 508-6100
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
|☐||Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)|
|☐||Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14A-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)|
|☐||Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR.14d-2(b))|
|☐||Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))|
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share||CDMO||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
|10.50% Series E Convertible Preferred Stock,
$0.001 par value per share
|CDMOP||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933(§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
|☐||Emerging growth company|
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
(e) Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On October 9, 2019, at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Avid Bioservices, Inc. (the “Company”), the stockholders of the Company approved an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan to extend its term for an additional five years to October 21, 2025 and to change the commencement dates of the offering periods from May 1 and November 1 of each year, to January 1 and July 1 of each year (as so amended, the “Amended ESPP”).
The Amendment previously had been approved by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors on July 23, 2019, subject to stockholder approval. The Amendment became effective immediately upon stockholder approval at the Annual Meeting.
Persons eligible to participate in the Amended ESPP will continue to include all eligible employees and officers of the Company and its subsidiaries.
This summary of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amendment, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit A to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement for its 2019 Annual Stockholders Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 21, 2019 and incorporated herein by this reference. In addition, a more detailed summary of the Amended ESPP can be found in such Definitive Proxy Statement, which is incorporated herein by this reference.
|Item 5.07||Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.|
At the Annual Meeting, of the 56,237,674 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding (as of the record date of August 14, 2019) and entitled to vote, 44,551,769 shares were present in-person or represented by proxy, representing 79% of the total outstanding shares entitled to vote. The final voting results of each proposal voted on at the Annual Meeting are set forth below. For more information about the proposals set forth below, please refer to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 21, 2019.
Proposal No. 1: Election of Directors
The Company’s stockholders elected each of the six nominees named below to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors until the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The votes were as follows:
|Mark R. Bamforth||22,713,691||539,899||21,298,179|
|Joseph Carleone, Ph.D.||22,936,917||316,673||21,298,179|
|Richard B. Hancock||23,096,352||157,238||21,298,179|
|Catherine Mackey, Ph.D.||22,963,616||289,974||21,298,179|
|Gregory P. Sargen||22,899,118||354,472||21,298,179|
|Patrick D. Walsh||22,622,695||630,895||21,298,179|
Proposal No. 2: Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Company’s stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2020. The votes were as follows:
|Votes For||Votes Against||Abstain|
Proposal No. 3: To Approve, On an Advisory Basis, the Compensation of the Named Executive Officers
The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, a non-binding resolution approving the compensation of the named executive officers as disclosed in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The votes were as follows:
|Votes For||Votes Against||Abstain||Broker Non-Votes|
Proposal No. 4: To Approve an Amendment to the Company’s 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Company’s stockholders approved an amendment to the Company’s 2010 Employee Stock Purchase Plan to extend its term for an additional five years to October 21, 2025 and to change the commencement dates of the offering periods from May 1 and November 1 of each year, to January 1 and July 1 of each year. The votes were as follows:
|Votes For||Votes Against||Abstain||Broker Non-Votes|
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
On October 9, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Richard (Rich) Richieri as the Company’s Chief Operations Officer effective October 9, 2019. In this role, Mr. Richieri will oversee Process Development, Clinical and Commercial Manufacturing, Technical Support and Facilities. A copy of the press release is filed hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
(d) Exhibits. The following material is filed as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|AVID BIOSERVICES, INC.|
|Date: October 9, 2019||By: /s/ Daniel R. Hart|
|Daniel R. Hart|
|Chief Financial Officer|
|99.1||Press Release issued October 9, 2019|
|Stephanie Diaz (Investors)||Tim Brons (Media)|
|Vida Strategic Partners||Vida Strategic Partners|
Avid Bioservices Names Richard Richieri as Chief Operations Officer
Senior Executive with More than 25 Years of Biopharmaceutical Industry Manufacturing Operations Experience
TUSTIN, CA, October 9, 2019 -- Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDMO) (NASDAQ:CDMOP), a dedicated biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) working to improve patient lives by providing high quality development and manufacturing services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, today announced the appointment of Richard (Rich) Richieri as chief operations officer. In this role, Mr. Richieri will oversee Process Development, Clinical and Commercial Manufacturing, Technical Support and Facilities.
Mr. Richieri has over 25 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience spanning the areas of drug discovery, CGMP operations, contract manufacturing and process development. Mr. Richieri previously spent 15 years with Avid Bioservices and its former parent company, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, including the role of senior vice president of manufacturing. During that time, he was instrumental in launching, building and growing Avid’s CDMO business and helping the company diversify its production capabilities. He spent the past five years serving as an advisor and acting head of biologics production for Syngene International, a global discovery, development and manufacturing organization serving the pharmaceutical industry.
“We are very pleased to welcome Rich back to Avid and look forward to the important contributions that he will make to continuing Avid’s record of delivering excellent CDMO services to our clients,” said Rick Hancock, interim president and chief executive officer of Avid. “Rich’s extensive history with the company, combined with his more recent experience working with a wide range of innovator companies and international biologics CDMOs, represents a unique, highly specialized skill set that will be extremely valuable to Avid’s growth and development.”
During his career, Mr. Richieri has also served as a global advisor for Samsung Biologics’ biosimilar program, as well as president of Bioserv Corporation, a specialized contract manufacturing organization. He most recently served as co-founder of Rubicon Biotechnology, where he was responsible for process development and manufacturing of the company’s novel therapeutic candidates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
About Avid Bioservices, Inc.
Avid Bioservices is a dedicated contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on development and CGMP manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products derived from mammalian cell culture. The company provides a comprehensive range of process development, high quality CGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. With 25 years of experience producing monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins in batch, fed-batch and perfusion modes, Avid's services include CGMP clinical and commercial product manufacturing, purification, bulk packaging, stability testing and regulatory strategy, submission and support. The company also provides a variety of process development activities, including cell line development and optimization, cell culture and feed optimization, analytical methods development and product characterization. www.avidbio.com